There are many ways you can get involved with VCOA Chicago:
More than anything, we want to see you out riding and enjoying scootering. Come on a few rides, see what we’re all about, and we think you’ll wanna make space on your jacket for a VCOA patch. Most VCOA-Chicago rides and events are open to the public (assume they are, unless they say “members only”). And there are a lot of other non-VCOA events around town, and we’ll be there.
To join VCOA-Chicago, all you need to do is join the VCOA. You’ll get all the benefits of VCOA membership plus the Chicago perks. It’s not expensive, you get roadside assistance and a lot of other perks, and you’re supporting the club… and the work of the handful of great people that keep it running.
We can’t plan events you’ll love and make your VCOA experience great if we don’t know what you want. Keep in touch, share your questions, ideas, and feedback with us. If nothing else, take this quick survey.
Represent VCOA-Chi at scooter rallies around the midwest (and the world!). Meet scooterists from all over the place, and see what this whole ‘scooter scene’ is all about. The big one in Chicago is Slaughterhouse, over Labor Day weekend. Amerivespa is the biggest national rally, run by VCOA, and changes location every year. Milwaukee, St. Louis and other midwestern cities have annual rallies, too, watch the newsletter for links and updates. If you’re not up for a several-hour ride, ask for help getting your bike there. We’re also working on ways to get more involved in the international scootering community, especially with World Vespa Days coming to Canada in a couple years.
We’d love to see you at an event, but we’d like it even more if you can lend a hand. Any offer for help is welcome, whatever your talents are, we can put you to work. Plan events, help organize them, help promote them, find places to meet, offer technical help, legal advice, creative services, whatever you can do, we’d appreciate it. Most of the longest, most enduring friendships we’ve made in scootering started with a new face at a rally saying “Hey, anything I can do to help?” (“Can I buy you a drink” usually works pretty well, too.)
We can always use sponsors, if you’re good at talking people out of money, goods, or services (or own a business and are easily talked out of money, goods, or services), let’s talk about how you can help us and we can help you. We need places to meet, occasional food, raffle prizes, goodie bag swag, and we can bring customers your way.